In the recent debate over how to reduce gun violence after last month's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., supporters of new firearms regulations are shooting down the term "gun control." Instead, they favor using "gun safety."
Advocates are changing the terminology as part of the new campaign to make gun regulations more palatable to politicians and the public, Talking Points Memo reports.
Vice President Joe Biden didn't say the words "gun control" once at a press conference Thursday while talking about his task force on reducing gun violence. He used the term "gun safety" three times in reference to groups advocating for new laws on firearms, TPM reports.
Changing the words could make a big difference, advocates say. The term "gun control" draws less support in polls than specific policies such as universal background checks, Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign told TPM.
"I do think that unfortunately the term 'gun control' has become the short hand and marginalized to an extent," Gross said in the article. "Talking about it in terms of safety is we think a very important thing because that's really what we're for. Not what we're against."